“Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it. Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face.”
Stephen Emmott, professor of computational science at the University of Oxford, and head of computational science at Microsoft.
Sobering stuff isn’t it?
Q. What is Forepoint doing to ensure the sustainability of our precious planet for future generations?
A. We’re ensuring that sustainable environmental management is absolutely integral to our business practices and processes. We’ve just formally demonstrated our 100% commitment by undertaking a formal, third-party certification to ISO 14001.
Using an independent certification body, we’ve undergone an audit of all practices against the requirements of the Standard. Any organisation can reap the benefits from using the Standard, without going through an accredited certification process, but that wasn’t for us.
“We wanted to signal to our clients, suppliers and other stakeholders that we’re increasingly conscious and increasingly serious about the environmental impact our activities have. It’s up to all of us, as individuals and businesses alike, to work together on this one and to do whatever we can to effect positive change. Gaining certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates this commitment, whilst providing essential evidence of our compliance with increasing regulatory and contractual requirements that are, quite rightly, being demanded by clients,” explains Director Steve Gill.
“Achieving ISO 14001 certification is testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire team in supporting our efforts to minimise our environmental footprint. It’s about ensuring continued awareness, embedding consciousness and promoting sustained action.”
How do you attain ISO 14001?
It requires thoroughly considering the various environmental issues that arise from your business operations. It’s about assessing everything from air pollution to water and sewage issues, waste management, climate change mitigation and adaptation and resource use and efficiency.
As with all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organisation’s systems and approach to environmental concerns. There’s now increased focus on environmental management within the strategic planning processes, requiring greater input from leadership and a stronger commitment to proactive initiatives that boost environmental performance.
Last few words from Steve
“Certification to ISO 14001 isn’t just a tick box exercise for us. We’re under no illusion, it requires the long-term commitment of everyone in the team. Our activities are something we’ll be regularly monitoring and assessing. In addition, we’re committed to working with our clients to ensure that environmental considerations inform the solutions we create.”